• Herniated Discs 101

    If you’ve visited a spine specialist because of persistent or severe back pain, you may have been diagnosed with a herniated disc . When you watch this video, you’ll see an animation of how a herniated disc can occur and how it might be treatable with spine surgery at a clinic in Los Angeles. The intervertebral discs of the spine provide cushioning and flexibility. When the exterior wall of a disc degenerates, it becomes more vulnerable to injury. A crack in the exterior wall can allow the inner material to protrude through to the outside. Subsequently, this material can compress a nearby nerve, leading to symptoms like back pain.

    Spine surgery isn’t always necessary for herniated discs. In fact, many patients can find sufficient relief of their symptoms with conservative treatments like rest and physical therapy. But when the symptoms persist longer than six weeks, spine surgery might be recommended. The spine specialist can remove the herniated portion of the disc, which relieves pressure on the nerves.

  • Spotlight on Dr. Navid Ziran

    Experienced in treating critically injured patients and sports injuries in Los Angeles , Dr. Navid M. Ziran is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at the Marina Spine Center, which offers spine surgery, spinal decompression, and back injury treatment. He was trained by the developer of anterior approach hip replacement. Dr. Ziran has been published numerous times, contributing his work on anterior approach hip replacement to several medical publications. Currently, he is conducting clinical research on both periacetabular osteotomy and anterior approach total hip replacement outcomes.

    Dr. Ziran completed a fellowship in orthopaedic traumatology which specializes in treating critically injured patients. These patients are commonly injured in accidents such as high-speed vehicle collisions, and typically suffer multiple injuries or complete fractures of the legs, arms, pelvis, and hip joints. Dr. Ziran’s second fellowship focused on repairing complex injuries of the pelvic bone or hip joint (pelvic/acetabular reconstruction), anterior approach hip replacement (anterior approach total hip arthroplasty), and treating dysplasia in patients by re-orienting the acetabulum (periacetabular osteotomy).

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  • HealthCast Video – Dr. David Chang – Post-Operative Pain after Spinal Fusion Q&A

    In this episode, Dr. David Chang advises a caller on post-operative pain after spinal fusion. Eleanor has had spine surgery a year ago and is facing residual pain from her buttocks down her back thigh, more on her right side and less on the left side. She describes her pain as overwhelming and, although she can walk, she has problems sitting up for an extended period of time. Dr. Chang describes the basics of a fusion surgery and possible complications after this procedure. Stenosis can develop after a fusion surgery, so it is highly important for the patient to learn the symptoms. Nerve rehabilitation can take 1 to 3 years post surgery.

  • HealthCast Video – Dr. David Chang – The Future of Spine Surgery

    Dr. David Chang talks about the future of spine surgery in the next 5 to 10 years. People used to worry about scarring and the success rate of laminectomy, laminoplasty, discectomy and other spine procedures. The technological advancements of today allow a much quicker and minimally invasive procedure to be completed. Dr. Chang also talks about the future of biologics and their advantages, such as the possibility of regeneration of cartilages with stem cells.

  • HealthCast Video – Dr. Robert Watkins IV – Sports Injuries

    Dr. Watkins IV talks about back injuries and spine injuries in both athletes and everyday people.

  • HealthCast Video – Dr. David Chang Discusses Non Surgical Spine Treatments

    Dr. David Chang of the Marina Spine Center at Marina Del Rey Hospital discusses various non-surgical spine treatment options.

  • HealthCast Video – Dr. Robert Watkins discusses the many benefits of practicing at Marina Del Rey

    Dr. Robert Watkins discusses the many benefits of practicing at Marina Del Rey Hospital.